Physician, Upgrade Thyself – New York Times is another patient-oriented cry for more ubiquitous personal electronic health records. It’s a position I support, with caveats. On one hand, the most common argument against EHRs is cost. Is it penny-wise, pound foolish?
On the other hand, there are concerns about privacy, security, and accuracy, many well-justified or needing further attention. Given all the medical devices we’ve created, we can’t come up with an affordable, transportable, secure EHR?
Google and their perpetual betas may usurp more than libraries in the information business.